In most animal shelters that house both cats and dogs you will find cats out number dogs by as much as 10 to 1. An average shelter will have a ratio of cats to dogs is 4 to 1; meaning that for every one dog a shelter houses, it has 4 cats. Many people wonder why there are so many more cats in animal shelters than dogs.
The biggest reason fewer dogs come into animal shelters is that most live in fenced yards. Cats, on the other hand, often have no boundaries, are rarely contained in a proper outdoor cat enclosure, and so far more of them are picked up as strays and brought to the shelters.
More dogs were collars and identification, as such when a dog is found it often has a way of getting it back to its owner, and as such it may not even enter the shelter.
Both cats and dogs can have 2 litters a year, however more dog owners regulate their dogs breeding abilities than do cat owners. An intact dog is supervised, kept away from other dogs, where as an intact cat might be allowed to roam. Thus a cat is more likely to become pregnant.
Under this we should include the fact that dog owners typically care for their pets in a much stronger sense and more of them have their pets spayed or neutered. The heat cycle of a cat is different than that of a dog, as such cats tend to multiply faster.
Availability of Free Cats
- This comes into play for many reasons. There are far more “Free to Good Home” kittens available at any time than there are dogs. As such people looking for a pet might just take the free ones rather than adopting one. This leaves the shelter full of cats and kittens.
- Also since free kittens are so easily available people who have lost their cat might simply go get another free one rather than paying to recover their own cat from the shelter.
- When cats are free, people are not as committed to them. This relates to the fact that fewer cats receive proper on-going care, such as spaying or neutering, identification, and containment.
Claim Rate due to Investment
Dog owners tend to invest more time and money into selection and care for their pet. Although this overlaps with some of the points mentioned earlier, it is why dog owners often care more about their dog. Selecting a dog is often more thought out than the selection of a cat. Dog owners see the time they spent training the dog as an investment. Dog owners tend to consider their dogs more valuable and as such dogs, when brought into the shelter as strays, tend to be claimed by their owners far more than cats do.
Surrender Rate do to lack of Investment
Cat owners are more likely to surrender a cat for frivolous reasons such as it was clawing the furniture, or it missed the litter box a few times, rather than work to find a solution to the problem. Because they did not spend as much time looking for their pet, and have not invested as much money and time into the pet, they have a slightly easier time surrendering it to a shelter (or even illegally abandoning it).
More cat owners have problems getting rid of unwanted litters of kittens than dog owners have with getting rid of puppies. As such it is more likely for the shelter to receive a litter of kittens than a litter of pups.
Cats have a slightly longer lifespan than do dogs, and particularly larger breed dogs. As such a dog owner may be in the market for a new dog long before a cat owner starts looking for another cat.
Certain breeds of dogs are in big demand. Many shelters keep request lists from potential adopters looking for certain kinds of pets, usually certain breeds of dogs, or dogs that are known to be good with children, non-shedding dogs, and so forth. As such when a shelter dog is ready to go up for adoption it might already have 2-3 people willing to take it. Because cats seldom have special features to make it more desirable than another cat, such waiting lists are rare.
- Statistics vary from shelter to shelter, area to area, country to country. Typically dogs have a higher rate of being claimed by their owner, a higher adoption rate, and a lower rate of euthanasia than do cats. More cats are surrendered, or brought, to shelters than are dogs.
- Many cats that come in as strays go unclaimed, unadopted, and as such the rate of euthanasia in cats is much higher.
- According to the American Humane Society 71% of cats brought into shelters were euthanized, and that in 2008 over 3.7 million pets were euthanized.
- Shelters have limited space and cannot keep every pet alive, either they have to turn down pets or euthanize some to make room.
What can you Do?
The most important thing a cat owner can do is to spay or neuter their pet. In fact it should not be allowed outside until it has been fixed. When letting a cat out (if at all) it should be identified and ideally kept in its owners yard. As soon as a cat goes missing the shelter should be contacted, and checked.
When considering your next pet, always look at the shelter first. As a non-profit organization, it is often cheaper to adopt a pet than to get a free one and have its medical needs checked on your own.
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